CUNA Mutual Group is a financially strong insurance, investment and financial services company enabling people to make financial decisions that work for them. The company was built on the principle of “people helping people” and the belief that a brighter financial future should be accessible to everyone
We offer consumer and commercial insurance, retirement and investment solutions; and business solutions including data and analytics, lending capabilities and marketing services.
CUNA Mutual Group made Inclusion a core value to our organization in 2016. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the success of our corporate business strategy. We leverage each employees unique contributions to enhance business performance. We are committed to:
- Fostering a culture where all employees can contribute, advance and feel valued
- Attracting and retain a diverse workforce
- Holding leaders and employees accountable to promote diversity and inclusion in all teams
CUNA Mutual Group has ten different ERGs and the Allies For Disabilities ERG that focuses on disability inclusion. Allies for Disabilities brings together employees with disabilities and their allies to support each other and help CUNA Mutual Group in its effort for inclusiveness among employees and customers. For this group’s purpose, disability refers to physical limitations, mental health issues, cognitive disability, chronic illness, or any other health issue with a disabling impact.
Disability inclusion is a journey for CUNA Mutual and there have been some good wins along the way that have resulted us in scoring 80 on the DEI in 2019 and 2020. However, one of the biggest impacts we have had is creating an environment where people with disabilities of all types can bring their whole selves to work and allow our work communities to be caring allies. We have made a point of asking leaders to share their experiences with disability and chronic illness and then asking members to share their stories. Many of our people say that it’s a weight off their back to know that other colleagues experience these things and it’s okay to talk about at work. Finally, as we are undergoing constructing a new building on our campus in Madison, we are looking at designing in the right level of accessibility and accommodations into this facility to ensure it is an inclusive and welcoming space for people with disabilities.
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1938 as Jewish Vocational Service, our initial focus was to assist immigrant families fleeing oppression in Europe to settle in Milwaukee and find jobs. From these roots, the agency pioneered many innovative approaches for people of all ages, abilities and other challenges to achieve independence.
WHAT WE DO
Today, MCFI provides person-centered care across 30-plus programs for children and adults living with a disability, complex medical condition, serious mental illness, barrier to employment or other challenges. We are working to advance health equity – where everyone has the opportunity to succeed without limits.
WHO WE SERVE
MCFI is an affiliate of CFI and together they serve more than 25,000 children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities; mental health and substance use disorders; employment barriers; and other challenges.
Since 2018, Grebe’s Bakery has hired MCFI Employment Services clients to demonstrate the benefits and joys of working with people with disabilities. Today, four clients work in its production facility.
Said Clare Dusold, Grebe’s development coordinator: “They’ve just changed our culture.”
MCFI Employment Services provides people with barriers to work — including disabilities and past criminal convictions — with skill-development and education services, placement, and coaching to help them gain and maintain meaningful employment and improve their social and emotional health.